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A Swiss monastery manuscript dated to the 990s contains the earliest known literary reference to the game, which rapidly gained popularity throughout the continent. By the tip of the 12th century, chess was a staple in all places from France to Germany, Scandinavia and Scotland, all of which followed a barely totally different set of rules. During the mid-sixth century, Indian merchants launched a revised two-participant version of Chaturanga to Persia’s Sasanian Empire, the place it was rapidly reworked into the improved game of Shatranj.

But because of an unassuming cuneiform tablet translated by British Museum curator Irving Finkel during the Eighties, experts have an in depth set of instructions for the Royal Game of Ur, or Twenty Squares. You will need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser to make the most of the functionality of this website. Learn about MTG’s Draft format, tips on how to play and … Read More